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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 3, 2010 / 26 Kislev, 5771

Normal has become the new weird

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I read that one of the reality television shows about bigamy is spinning off a show where a bigamist takes only one of his multiple wives on a honeymoon, I told the husband that I thought we might be ready for our own reality show.

“But I don’t have multiple wives,” he says.

“Of course you don’t,” I say.

“How do you know I don’t?” he says with a grin.

“Because if you did have multiple wives, you wouldn’t be here talking to me, you’d be resting six feet under.”

My point is that weird has become so commonplace that normal may be the new weird.

“Think about it,” I tell the husband. “When bigamy becomes so boring they have to spice it up by pairing the guy with one woman, monogamy must be hot.”

“I see what you mean,” he says. “And we’ve been married for 30 plus years.”

“Exactly,” I say. “We are oddballs.”

A lot of the programs featuring the unusual are reaching their saturation point. Take all the programs about big families -- multiples, quints, “Kate Plus Eight.” They’ve had to ratchet it up with a show about a couple with 19 children.

“Look at us,” I say to the husband. “We only have three. Do you know what that makes us?”

“Total underachievers?”

“Exactly.”

“But don’t we need some sort of dysfunction?” the husband says.

“That’s old news. There’s already plenty of anger, violence, screaming, yelling, foul-mouth vulgarity. I've heard that “Jersey Shore” show is so rough it gives people nightmares about the cretins their kids could grow up to be. Not bleeping our heads off puts us in the category of the two-headed calf at the state fair.”

“But we’re not interesting,” he says. “Neither one of us even has a tattoo.”

“You’re killing me,” I say. “You’re making my case for me. Look at us. Compare yourself to the men your age on television. You don’t dye your hair, you don’t have hair plugs and you don’t tan. I’m not botoxoed and I’ve never shot up my lips to look like a duck. We’ve not been stretched, tightened or liposuctioned. We’re so authentic we’re hard to look at some mornings. We could be like a new version of Fear Factor.”

The high point of our weekend is clipping coupons in the Sunday paper. They don’t make ‘em that strange anymore. We either belong in a museum or on prime time.

I call a friend of a friend of a producer and pitch the idea. “It’s a reality based show about a man and woman who are married, don’t cheat on each other, don’t scream at each other, have never swindled, embezzled, been part of a sting operation, are reasonably content and have grown kids they actually talk to. They hold down jobs, pay taxes and putter around the house.”

“Interesting concept,” the friend of the friend of the producer says. “But audiences would never go for it.”

“Too boring?” I say.

“No, too weird.”


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